In the south of Hallein towards Kuchl lies a place called Gamp. That’s where I found my main running getaway while living there a couple of years ago. I spent most of my time working on my master’s thesis, so getting some fresh air and exercise was a very welcome part of my daily routine.
Starting at the old “Pesthaus” we cross the Salzach river and follow it southwards. We pass a newly built sport facility named after Hallein’s famous skiing star Thomas Stangassinger and a hydro power plant rebuilt after the big flooding in 2002. Here the paved road end, but dirt tracks (ideal for interval training) continue along the Salzach before we return towards Hallein on the small and curvy street from Kuchl, hugely popular from spring until autumn among bicycle enthusiasts.
It’s one of the shorter routes in this series, but options to extend it are again countless. You can continue towards Hallein’s old town or a little bit more challenging up to the top of the Barmstein (through Hallein’s old town and then via Kleinkirchentalweg). My favourite one though, is continuing in the opposite direction to Kuchl, a loop, that I’ll definitely revisit, when my marathon training asks for 20, 25, 30 and 35k runs, which will (quite shockingly) happen not too long from now.